It’s awesome to be receiving so much positive feedback on our first Greymrkt® drop of the year. This makes things exciting for us because we have tons of goods that we’ll be randomly adding from here on out. The next drop will consist of extremely rare vintage Harley-Davidson® sweatshirts and designer jackets. Please note, each drop will have a new access code.
A lot of you guys always ask me if my snapshots are digital or film so I figured I would kick things off with a preset that matched my personal vibe. I wanted to make this easy for you guys so you can shoot on auto (or with your iPhone) and simply load them into Lightroom (desktop or mobile) and instantly apply aesthetics that will have people guessing what format you use.
We had a really great time on location this past Saturday with the dream team, Logan, Kendall, Weston and for the first time, my lovely girl. We started our shoot at the Beverly Hills hotel which they kindly only let us shoot at for a few minutes since they have a very strict “no camera” policy and then we moved locations to this extremely charming courtyard right next to Rodeo Drive. This is the first time my girlfriend assisted me at a shoot which was extremely interesting. We documented the experience and will have the video ready for you this week on our channel.
It’s insane how much work and effort we’re putting into the Greymrkt® to make sure everything is coming out the way we want. From photographing looks, to product shots to taking everything to get professionally cleaned to folding and packing the pieces. This is truly a labor of love and somewhere in all of the chaos, it’s bringing us closer as a team.
I asked if I should create a Lightroom® Preset Pack yesterday via Instagram and the votes are in. I’ll be adding an SS-Editing Pack for sale soon so you can get those moody snapshot type images with just one click.
I’m not really someone who fans-out when a company or brand likes my photos or follows me. Over the years it just sort of becomes “normal”. I don’t know how else to describe it without sounding like a prick but that’s just how it goes when you’ve been creating content for over a decade. Now that I’m on this new chapter, trying to garner new content and really just working with my head down without any expectations, it’s really cool to see the brands and establishments that I admire take notice. I really feel like I’m starting all over again. Starting from scratch, rebranding, re-creating and rebuilding a better version of myself and my work. I’ve been giving so much of myself lately through all of the content I’m producing and haven’t really had a chance to check in with myself and acknowledge the fact that I’ve done more over the past three months than I have in the last two years when it comes to engagement through social outlets. This is by far the most exposed and vulnerable I’ve ever allowed myself to be; so when I get little hints from the universe that I’m on the right path, it just confirms my beliefs that I need to be true to myself and true to what it is that I want to create in this life. I refuse to work on projects or create work that only serves as a vessel for financial gain. From here on out, it’s all about spiritual gain and tapping into powers that allow me to add beauty and purpose to this world. If you live true and do good, everything else will follow.
A lot of you guys asked me to do a “what’s in my camera bag” video so here it is. These are the tools that I’ve collected along my journey and I hope they help you unlock some of your creativity or give a better understanding on how to get the shots I get. Have fun and never stop creating.
We’re officially adding our own personal pieces to the Greymrkt® which will go live at some point next week. Expect to find carefully curated pieces from designer brands to extremely rare vintage items from the 80’s and 90’s. All items are available on a first-come-first-serve bases and you’ll need a private access code to shop. I’ll be posting the release on my IG Story so be sure to follow for more info.
There’s nothing better than exploring a neighboring area over multiple trips to make sure you didn’t miss any gems that were undiscovered prior, which is usually the case. We hit the canyon to do a bit of shopping but mostly just to get some fresh air and spend time outside together. We started at a very cute shop with an even cuter name, Pebbles, where I purchased a book for myself and a necklace for the lady. The shop owner was an amazingly kind soul that kept complimenting C and I. Next we went to a hat shop that just opened up named Busto. The owner recently brought his artisanship from Italy to the canyon and I’m sure glad he did because I can’t wait for him to make me a handmade hat. I’m honestly obsessed with the craftsmanship and love that you can see and feel through his creations. From there we went to Hidden Treasures, a very eccentric thrift store with an even funkier vibe and festive exterior that reflects the treasures one might find inside. This seems to be the most popular of the bunch with the younger crowd so expect a line if you plan to visit. We also stopped by a few more stores that I forgot to document because I was simply trying my hardest to not place my hand anywhere near my wallet or else I would have done some serious damage. It’s s fine, there’s always next time. Lastly, there’s a really interesting gentleman that parks his van on the side of the canyon and sells everything from vintage clothes to rugs and furs to used hair removal machines and video games. If you’re a re-seller, expect to pay top dollar and upscaling prices. If you’re into fashion and vintage, he will surely have something for you. Not only is exploring your area a great way for you to learn what it has to offer but it’s also an opportunity to introduce yourself and build relationships with like-minded individuals. It’s the foundation for a creative relationship that allows you to extend your services all while supporting local establishments.